Cleveland Browns: Peyton Hillis Is the Most Valuable Player Going Into the Bye

Robert CobbCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2010

Cleveland Browns RB, Peyton Hillis celebrating a TD.
Cleveland Browns RB, Peyton Hillis celebrating a TD.Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

With the Cleveland Browns going into the bye week on a high note, you cannot help but notice that the Peyton Hillis for Brady Quinn trade is paying huge dividends for the Cleveland Browns.   

Hillis, a third-year running back/fullback out of Arkansas, has become the main offensive weapon for the Browns not only leads the team in rushing with 460 yards and his six touchdowns, five rushing and one receiving also lead the Browns.

Hillis also second on the team in receiving yards with 193, trailing tight end, Benjamin Watson's 336 yards.   

Hillis not only gives Cleveland a much-needed physical and tough inside running presence that has been sorely lacking but also a very versatile weapon out of the backfield, a la Leroy Hoard.

And so far Hillis has become an instant fan favorite for his tough blue-collar lunch pail like mentality.   

Not bad for a guy who was all but banished to the bench by Bronco's head coach, Josh McDaniel's as he would start eight games for Denver in two years or even when he was third-string down in Fayetteville behind current Cowboys running back Felix Jones and Raiders running back Darren McFadden.   

So far since being acquired for the very popular Brady Quinn, Hillis has become a dominant force on the offense in running tough inside, catching on the outside, such as his 19-yard finger-tip touchdown reception from Seneca Wallace against the Atlanta Falcons to even throwing as evidenced by his 13-yard completion to QB, Colt McCoy in the Browns upset win over the New Orleans Saints.  

Currently, Hillis is on pace for about 1,050 yards and 12 touchdowns and with the additions of running backs, Mike Bell in a trade with Philadelphia and Thomas Clayton from waivers, Hillis can hopefully continue to keep up his early-season MVP, Pro Bowl-like production.

I can gladly say that Cleveland finally came out on top against Denver in one thing at least.

Robert Cobb